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Issue: Winter 2007

Premonition movie review

A confused housewife discovers that her life is out of sync when, the day after her husband dies in a car accident, she awakes to find him still alive. Now she is living her days out of order and must deal the consequences of unpleasant truths. Can she use her knowledge to change things, and will she?

Sandra Bullock, out of her romantic comedy comfort zone, is a woman out of time. Her life doesn't make sense. Accidents happen to her child and she is blamed. Her husband was dead, and is now alive. What is happening?

This is the classic time traveller's conundrum. If you knew the future, would you act to change it? If you could influence the past, should you, what would be the consequences?

Movie poster; Premonition; Festivale film review

Movie poster; Premonition
Reality is only a nightmare away

An ordinary person in an extraordinary person is one of the best premises for a story. Cops and politicians and statespeople and scientists are often used in science fiction to explore the nature and ethics of time travel, but here it is a housewife with kids and a suburban life.

As she finds her way through the maze of days, we are with her. We make our own value judgements, what would we do in her position? Can a woman whose timeline is askew find a happy ending?


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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 19 July 2007
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Title: Premonition (2007)
Written by: Bill Kelly
Directed by: Mennan Yapo
running time: 96 mins
rating: M

The Players: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Shyann McClure, Nia Long,

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